by Robert Bell
The Holy Shakes hearken back to the heyday of Dischord-ant, rocking '90s hardcore. The Hot Springs quartet includes Bobby Missile on guitar, Brian Lee on bass, Justin Castleberry on drums and Bill Solleder — of Low Key Arts and Valley of the Vapors music festival — on vocals. Though the band hasn't yet recorded an album, you can check out some raw, pummeling demos (recorded last May by the eminent Will Boyd) on the band's Soundcloud page. The punishing, Drive Like Jehu-esque "Spray Paint Saint" will rock your ratty argyle socks off, while "One of These Days" and "Look into the Light" recall Fugazi at their leanest and meanest.